Today officially marks the first day of winter. As you brace yourself for the wintry weather to come, rest easy knowing that your solar system doesn’t require any additional maintenance to run smoothly in snow. Just keep these simple tips in mind to keep your system operating safely all winter long.
Be aware of snow and ice accumulating on your solar panels
After heavy snowfall, snow or ice may accumulate on your rooftop and cover the panels. Please do not try and remove the snow yourself – we don’t want you to hurt yourself or accidentally damage the system. The snow will slide off on its own as the sun warms up the panels, and the system will go back to producing electricity. Please use caution and good judgment when walking under or around the panels while there is snow on your rooftop. Try to avoid parking your car, or keeping other valuables, under the roof’s edge.
Don’t worry that your system is producing less electricity these winter months
You may see your system’s production decrease these winter months, and that’s normal! We took seasonal variation into consideration when we designed your system and estimated your annual production. Don’t worry, you have the upcoming spring and summer production to look forward to.
Consider these energy saving tips to make the most of your clean electricity
Using energy more efficiently this winter can also help keep your utility bills under control. Before turning on your heater, check your ducts for leaks. Make sure to close your damper when the fireplace is not in use. And our favorite: take advantage of sunny days to heat your house. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day and close them at night to lock the warmth in. Click here to see more.
No matter the forecast, remember that we have your back
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*Updated on December 21, 2016